Wednesday, January 11, 2012

James Crow Dies

James Crow Dies

January 11, 2012

James Crow, who was a population geneticist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 95. Crow studied mutational load, and was part of on a National Academy of Sciences committee that assessed mutational damage to the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the use of atomic bombs there. He also was on a committee that paved the way for using DNA forensics in court. The Times notes that when Crow began teaching in the 1940s and 1950s, the field of genetics underwent rapid changes. "When anxious students asked Dr. Crow what would be in the exams, he would tell them that the questions were the same every year but that the answers were different," the Times says.


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